A Message To The Weary
Matthew 11: 28-30 -28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. KJV
Introduction: “...all ye that labour and are heavy laden,…”
This passage has almost always been used as a gospel call to the sinner. And it can rightly be applied in that manner. But I believe it also is a message to the believer. Do you identify with these verses? There are times when you feel tired and defeated, a time when you suffer under the load of cares. What a picture of weariness!
I. The Condition Of Weariness Is Described
1. It Is An Emotional weariness -
So many times we try to live the Christian life in our own strength. Emotionally we just can’t handle it. Are you there now in your life? Are maybe you have faced this situation in the past. Jesus said, “Come unto me and I will give you rest.”
2 It Is An Egotistical Weariness -
We allow pride to keep us from coming to Jesus and let Him live through us. Also Spiritual Pride can cause weariness. A Time when we feel that we know all there is to know about living the Christian life. We simply refuse to bow to His authority. We become like that Pharisee in the Temple, We let our I’s keep us from seeing spiritually.
II. The Cause Of Weariness Is Demonstrated
1. His Instruction Must Be Fresh -
Take His yoke and learn of Him. We are not to be unequally yoked. Deut. 22:10. We cannot work in harmony when we are unequally yoked. This will result in constant friction, it creates a danger rather than a help. With Christ’s yoke in the life of a Christian there is no friction.
2. His Illustration Must Be Followed -
A yoke is a wooden frame to connect two animals together for work. Jesus invites us to stand alongside Him to do the service of the Lord. Heb. 2: 18, The word “Succour” means “To be alongside of to help.”
III. The Characteristics Of Weariness Is Defined
1. The Submission Of The Yoke -
The Yoke speaks of Submission to Authority. His Yoke is not given but rather shared with Him. We must submit To His Will, To His Word, To His Work.
2. The Symbolism In Our Yeildedness -
“Learn Of Me,” What are the characteristics of Christ that we are to learn? “I am Meek and Lowly at heart…” These are the two graces that oil the wheels of life and keeps us running smoothly. Which brings me to the last point of the message.
IV. The Cure For Weariness Is Delivered
1. An Exchange That Must Take Place -
-We must pray, “Lord I want to exchange my Critical spirit and my fleshly activity for Meekness.” This word means “to have power under control.” Controlling Anger.
- We must also pray, “ Lord I want to exchange my insincerity and my self-interest for Lowliness.” To have Humility in life is a great asset. Helps to get rid of self.
2. An Endeavor That Must Take Priority -
“Take” My yoke upon you. Yoke up with Jesus.
His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Think of the difference it will make to have Jesus sharing the load of life with us. He doesn't remove the load, but rather shares it with us and makes it bearable.
How can we find rest from our weariness?
By taking Christ yoke and learning of Him until His attitudes
of Meekness and Lowliness are formed in us!
Then We Shall Find Rest From Our Weariness.